Bug 1270629 - Bad cmdline parsing in 50-dracut.install and 51-dracut-rescue.install
Bad cmdline parsing in 50-dracut.install and 51-dracut-rescue.install
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: dracut (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2015-10-11 21:21 EDT by Michael Chapman
Modified: 2016-07-19 14:11 EDT (History)
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Description Michael Chapman 2015-10-11 21:21:46 EDT
This bug is in dracut-041-14.fc22.x86_64.

50-dracut.install and 51-dracut-rescue.install use the shell "read" builtin incorrectly. This causes /bin/kernel-install to exit unsuccessfully, leading to RPM scriptlet failures when a kernel-core package is installed or updated.

The problem is on these lines:

  28:            read -ar BOOT_OPTIONS < /proc/cmdline

  48:    read -ar BOOT_OPTIONS < /proc/cmdline

"read -a" requires the array name to immediately follow. These lines aren't reading into the $BOOT_OPTIONS array; instead they're populating an array named $r. A subsequent test for $BOOT_OPTIONS being empty causes the *.install scripts to exit with failure.

This bug has been fixed upstream:

  commit a6018700645a037e629d64ade52bb93bb7fb70ae
  Author: Harald Hoyer <harald@redhat.com>
  Date:   Wed May 13 11:49:05 2015 +0200

      5?-dracut*.install: better parsing of /proc/cmdline
      "read -r -d '' -a" does, what we want.

It would be nice to have this commit backported to the dracut in Fedora.
Comment 1 Michael Chapman 2016-03-22 19:37:38 EDT
This is still a bug as of dracut-041-15.fc22.x86_64.
Comment 2 Fedora End Of Life 2016-07-19 14:11:01 EDT
Fedora 22 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2016-07-19. Fedora 22 is
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further
security or bug fix updates. As a result we are closing this bug.

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